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Idit Klein

President & CEO

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ldit is a national leader for social justice with more than 25 years of experience in the non­profit sector. Since 2001, she has served as the leader of Keshet, the national organization for LGBTQ equality in Jewish life. ldit built Keshet from a local organization with an annual budget of $42,000 to a national organization with an annual budget of nearly $4 million. Under her leadership, Keshet has supported tens of thousands of rabbis, educators, and other Jewish leaders to make LGBTQ equality a communal value and imperative. ldit also spearheaded the creation of leadership development programs for queer Jewish teens and mobilized Jewish communities to help defeat a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and advance transgender rights in Massachusetts. In addition, she served as the Executive Producer of Keshet’s documentary film, “Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School.”

Prior to leading Keshet, ldit worked in Jerusalem for Israeli-Palestinian peace and helped envision the Jerusalem Open House as a leader in the Israeli LGBTQ rights movement. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale University, ldit earned her Master’s in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a focus on social justice and anti-oppression education. She serves on the advisory board of the Safety Respect Equity Coalition and the leadership team of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable to strengthen the national Jewish social justice movement. ldit was honored by the Jewish Women’s Archive with a Women Who Dared award as well as by Jewish Women International with a Women to Watch award, and selected for the Forward 50, a list of American Jews who have made enduring contributions to public life. She lives in Boston with her wife, Jordan, son, Lior, and pup, Langston.

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Amram Altzman

Youth Programs Manager

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Amram brings his passion for justice, experiential education, and art to his work creating vibrant, empowering Shabbatonim for LGBTQ and ally Jewish teens. A veteran of Keshet’s teen programs, Amram was a contributing writer for New Voices Magazine and a member of the community education team at Brandeis Precollege Programs prior to joining the Keshet team.

He earned his degree in Jewish history and sociology from Columbia University’s joint undergraduate program with the Jewish Theological Seminary.

A New York City native, Amram lives in New York with his husband, Jamie, and their two cats, Perle and Herschel. He lives his life with an unwavering, unironic love of cats, kale, coffee, and pop music.

Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael

Director of Education and Training

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Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael serves as Keshet’s Director of Education and Training. Before Keshet, Micah had the position of  Coordinator of Community Chaplaincy with the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of St. Louis, where they provided personalized support, connection, and meaningful programming for individuals throughout the St. Louis community. His work took him to hospitals, nursing care facilities, private residences, and many unexpected places!

Micah has a BA in Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature and Rabbinic Ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary. Throughout his career, Micah has advocated and educated for LGBTQ justice, leading trainings and consultations within his local community and the broader Jewish community nationwide. He is the founder of the Builders Beit Midrash, a traditional learning community in St Louis that centers the voices of LGBTQ learners. He has been a SVARA Transformative Talmud Teaching Fellow (2018-2019) and continues to enjoy learning and teaching at every opportunity.

In their free time, Micah is most likely cooking or baking. He lives in St. Louis with his wife Aviva, four children, and assorted pets.

Amy Cobb

Data Administrator

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Amy’s background in databases and focus on non-profit organizations makes her the perfect fit as our Data Administrator.

Prior to joining Keshet, Amy worked as a Salesforce Implementation Consultant for Idlewild Partners, as well as at New Haven Reads as an AmeriCorps VISTA service member, Book Bank Manager, Program Site Director for an after-school tutoring program.

Amy is a Certified Salesforce Administrator, Nonprofit Consultant, and Platform App Builder. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environmental Studies with a minor in World Religions from McGill University and is currently working on an MBA from West Texas A&M University.

When not at Keshet, Amy enjoys exploring the Sonoran Desert and seeing live music. She serves on the Board of Directors of Casa de los Niños, an organization that promotes child well-being and family stability. Amy lives in Tucson with her wife, Shannon, and their two cats, Jinx and Pasta.

Jon Cohen

Director of Community Mobilization

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Jon is excited to merge his dedication to community building with his personal mission for LGBTQ+ rights and representation. By applying his own experiences, he revels in the opportunity to organize diverse communities through an intersectional Jewish lens as the Director of Community Mobilization at Keshet.

After graduating from Florida State University, Jon was able to engage his passions for the Jewish community and service as a Repair the World Fellow in Brooklyn, engaging young professionals in hands-on service through Jewish values. After his time as a Fellow, he served as the Interim Director of the Jewish Volunteer Center at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, executing community-wide service events and organizing a young professional volunteer movement. He then went on to become the Program Manager for Repair the World Miami, launching Repair’s 6th Fellowship city and spearheading programs and partnerships through local and national initiatives.

A South Florida native, Jon lives in Miami with his partner, Kevin. Outside of work he can be found relaxing at the beach, reading, volunteering, and using online menus to plan the meal before getting to the restaurant.

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Steven Davis

Events Manager

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Steven was a Keshet volunteer and donor for more than 15 years before joining the team full-time, where he now ensures that all of our events run smoothly and brilliantly as Events Manager.

Starting his career at the Museum of Science in Boston, Steven went on to plan dozens of community events and to coordinate more than 50 weddings and B’nai Mitzvah at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, MA, where he ultimately assumed the role of Executive Director.

Outside of his event-ful role, Steven serves as Vice Chair, Detroit Film Theatre Usher Committee, is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Detroit Institute of Arts, co-chair of NEXTGen Detroit Pride Committee and chair of the Chessed Committee for The Well. He also was awarded the Detroit Institute of Art Volunteer of the Year and the Express Employment Professionals Circle of Excellence Award.

Steven earned his B.A. from Connecticut College where he majored in fine arts, minored in art history, and completed a Museum Studies Certificate.

With a goal of visiting every national park, Steven enjoys traveling, photography, and hosting friends and family for Shabbat dinner. He lives in Ferndale, Michigan with his husband, Jacob, his dog, Serena, and cat, Xavier (aka “Little Cat”).

Zane Diamond

Executive Assistant

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Zane brings their passion for Jewish life and LGBTQ equality and their penchant for logistics to their role as Keshet’s Executive Assistant. They credit their love for Judaism, LGBTQ community, and the confluence of the two to their experience participating in Keshet’s Shabbatonim for LGBTQ and ally Jewish teens.

Zane received their degree in Jewish Studies from Vassar College while working at Vassar’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center and Office for Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices. While at Vassar, Zane served on the board of the Vassar Jewish Union for four years, including as President during their senior year. They also served as Vice President of TBD, a campus trans advocacy organization.

Outside of work, they enjoy singing, reading sci-fi novels, and sewing.

Rebecca Ennen

Chief Communications Officer

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Rebecca is a political communicator, strategist, organizer, and fundraiser, deeply motivated by the Jewish prophetic and halachic visions of a world of integrity and abundance.

Most recently as a Deputy Director at Jews United for Justice, Rebecca has helped build multiracial coalitions, win powerful progressive legislation and budgets, and move millions of dollars towards justice work. She has written, organized, and taught extensively about progressive politics, racism and anti-Semitism, tzedakah and middle-class philanthropy, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, interfaith families and mixed-heritage Jews, Jewish feminism, and more. She serves on the Board of Instigators of the Diverse City Fund, which funds and supports social justice efforts in Washington, DC, led by and rooted in communities of color.

Rebecca studied theater and education at Swarthmore College, marriage and family structure in Sri Lanka, and classical Jewish text at Yeshivat Hadar. She grew up in a raucous, creative, and civic-minded Jewish and Catholic family in and around Cambridge MA, and now lives with her partner and two children on Piscataway land known as Washington DC, among hundreds of thousands of other citizens taxed without representation. She loves radical Torah, dystopian science fiction, and leafy greens.

EJ Erichsen

Education Program Associate

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EJ brings their background of operational efficiency, love for academic research, and passion for social equity to Keshet as the Education Program Associate.

Starting their professional journey as both a martial arts instructor and natural museum educator, EJ guided students through stages of learning and emphasized a commitment to enriching one’s community. In their corporate career, EJ utilized a detailed eye to operate multiple e-commerce projects and national teams.

They graduated from Old Dominion University and hold a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, with a degree concentration in Social Welfare.

EJ lives in Virginia with their two life partners and a menagerie of pets. They love anything Tolkien-related and help run a fantasy combat-oriented live-action role play club. They somehow find time to garden, bake, cross-stitch, and run!

Suzanne Feinspan

Chief Program Officer

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Suzanne brings her background in coaching, facilitation, advocacy, and Jewish communal life to her job as Keshet’s Chief Program Officer.

Prior to joining Keshet, Suzanne worked with Avodah, running their DC Service corps, and in various national programmatic and management roles, including Deputy Director and Acting Executive Director. She also worked as an independent consultant focusing on equity and inclusion training, assessment and organizational change work, as well as coaching and strategic planning

Suzanne received a B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University, an M.A. in Jewish Studies from University of Maryland-College Park, and a Graduate Certificate in Facilitation from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She has also received an Associate Level Coaching Certification from the International Coaching Federation. Suzanne was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Schusterman Fellowship.

Outside of work, Suzanne spends time working on advocacy and education in her local public schools and serving twice exceptional kids (kids who are both gifted and have a learning disability). She also is involved with equity and inclusion efforts, especially around racial and gender identity, at her local shul. Suzanne lives in Maryland with her partner, two kids, and two cats.

 

Keshet

National Office

284 Amory Street
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617.524.9227

New York Office

368 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

San Francisco Office

2370 Market Street
Suite 103, #270
San Francisco, CA 94114

Chicago Office

4700 N. Ravenswood Avenue
Suite B
Chicago, IL 60640